Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Raindrops keep falling

Over the last 30-plus years, Glenn and I sometimes talked about "if we ever build a house," and now, we're doing just that.  Well, we, aren't doing the building, but we've worked very closely with a builder to create the design and floor plan and he will be working closely with a whole crew of people to do the actual building.

We're starting with 15 acres of wooded property and so the first task is getting rid of enough trees to make room for the house and the septic drain field and a lane from the public road to the house.

Late one afternoon two weeks ago, a huge truck stopped on the road in front of our property and off-loaded this beautiful piece of equipment:

The next day, the operator, Michael, showed up at 7:00 am and began clearing the trees and brush for our lane.

It was fun watching the process of pushing over dead trees, digging around the base of live ones, then pushing them over, and using the teeth of the bucket to uproot brushy undergrowth.  The goal is to remove as few live, healthy trees as possible.

Once the trees are on the ground, Michael uses the bucket to move them around, sorting them into piles of good logs that will be taken away and cut into lumber and firewood and rotten or otherwise useless wood and brush that will be burned.

Most of the trees are very, very tall and a good number of them are 20-40 inches across (I don't remember how to figure out how big around that is!)  The root balls on some are significantly taller than we are.  

I'm no tree expert, but I'm guessing this is an example of good wood that will be made into lumber:

I'm also guessing that this log with a rotten center will probably only be good for firewood:

And this tree, circled over and over along nearly its entire length by woodpecker holes will probably be pushed into the burn pile.  

It was fun to walk the beginnings of the lane in to our house! I'm glad Glenn got to see at least some progress before he had to go home to San Diego.

The next day, Michael worked most of the day and cleared the site for the house!

The day after that, it rained!  And rained, and rained some more.

Since these photos were taken, another inch or so of rain has fallen.  I can't imagine how soupy it is out there now!  Our builder assures us that it will dry out.  It will be graded and graveled and culverted.  It will be fine.  I believe him, but still!!

I think it is ironic that I've moved from a place that is dying for rain where I savored every rainy day, to a place where it won't stop raining and the sound of raindrops on the roof makes me want to cry!*

* I really do still love the rain.  


  1. Congratulations on your new house. Looking forward to seeing it when completed with two cardigans sitting on the porch to welcome visitors. Do you think your California girls will like their new home?

    Leda and the Coedwig Crew

    1. Hi, Leda and Crew. Thanks for the good words. We are very excited and I am SO looking forward to when I can bring my California Cardigans here. I miss them very much, even though I have Bonnie and Bailey here. Glenn says Darby and Pumpkin are doing fine although Pumpkin has put on a little extra weight. She isn't quite as active as Darby. I'm hoping they will like it here. We will need to build a run for them -- we won't have a fenced in yard like we do in San Diego. I'm anxious to see how Pumpkin and Bailey get on -- it will be fun to see the siblings together again, Melissa